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[Commlist] New issue of SoundEffects journal published

Wed Jan 20 19:55:09 GMT 2021

SoundEffects vol. 10 iss. 1: Sound and Listening Spaces
edited by Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen and Therese Wiwe Vilmar.

At the core of contemporary sound studies is the understanding of sound as a spatial medium.  The  longstanding  conception  of  the  temporal  art  form  of  music  can  be  said to have shifted to a broader idea of a spatial medium of sound. Since what has commonly been called ‘the spatial turn’ in the second half of the 20th century, space has  been  studied  from  many  angles  and  has  generally been  considered  a  social,  political  and  cultural  construct. This shift in the notion of space has also affected the perception of artworks that are taking place in space. Whether we listen to the sounds of natural or urban environments, online playlists, audio books, curated sound art or Muzak, or we experience the tingling sensations of ASMR, we find ourselves as listeners, positioned in an affective space filled with sound and at the same time created by sound – a social construct. Such listening spaces are central to this special issue of SoundEffects.

Sound and Listening Spaces (Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen and Therese Wiwe Vilmar):

The sounds of lockdown: Virtual connection, online listening, and the emotional weight of COVID-19 (Meredith C. Ward):

Sleep/relax/work/study/read: YouTube, sound, and music in the construction of listening spaces to fall asleep (João Francisco Porfírio):

Reading spaces: Original audiobooks and mobile listening (Sara Tanderup Linkis):

Literature’s listening spaces: Representations of music listening in two contemporary novels (Therese Wiwe Vilmar):

Virtual auditory reality: Inhabiting digital pop music as simulated space (Iain Findlay-Walsh):

Listening from the in-between: The influence of sound on homelessness as a liminal space (Ed Cooper):

Sound installation art and the intervention of urban public space in Latin America (Mario Alberto Duarte-García and Emma Wilde):

Designing the user experience of musical sonification in public and semi-public spaces (Niklas Rönnberg and Jonas Löwgren):

Transient soundscape production: Creative and pedagogical significance for educators and practitioners (Daniel Walzer):

The Environmentalization of space and listening: An archaeology of noise-cancelling headphones and Spotify’s concentration playlists (Valentin Ris):

The folded space of machine listening (Domenico Napolitano and Renato Grieco):

Book Reviews:
The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art. Edited by Sanne Krogh Groth and Holger Schulze. Bloomsbury, 2020 (Vadim Keylin):

All articles can be read here:

SoundEffects ( is an open access, international, peer-reviewed journal on sound and sound experience operating on the Open Journal System. SoundEffects brings together a plurality of theories, methodologies, and historical approaches applicable to sound as both mediated and unmediated experience. The journal primarily addresses disciplines within media and communication studies, aesthetics, musicology, comparative literature, cultural studies, psychology and sociology. In order to push the boundary of interdisciplinary sound studies into new areas, we also encourage contributions from disciplines such as health care, architecture, and sound design. As an international journal taking a humanities-based interdisciplinary approach to sound, SoundEffects is responding to the increasing global interest in sound studies.
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